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Can Dialysis Patients Take Alpha-Lipoic Acid

Can Dialysis Patients Take Alpha-Lipoic AcidDialysis is one treatment plan for advanced kidney disease. If kidney disease is accompanied by diabetes, patients may be suggested to take alpha-lipoic acid. If they have begun to take dialysis, can they still take alpha-lipoic acid?

Alpha-lipoic acid

It is one antioxidant used to treat diabetes, endocrine disorders and diabetic neuropathy such as burning, pain, numbness in legs and arms, etc. In Europe, high dosage of alpha-lipoic acid has been taken to treat the above problems. This is because it can take part in energy metabolism, remove free radicals, improve patients' immune ability and prompt the recovery of body disorder. What's more, alpha-lipoic acid is one great medication to activate cells and increase insulin sensitivity.

Alpha-lipoic acid for dialysis patients

For diabetics on dialysis, they still can take this medication, but the dosage should be modified.

If patients are taking hemodialysis, they might need smaller doses of alpha-lipoic acid and insulin than they take on days when they haven't begun dialysis. If they still take the same dosage, they may suffer from low blood glucose easily.

If patients are taking peritoneal dialysis, they might need to increase their doses of these diabetes medications. This is because peritoneal dialysis uses sugar-based solutions.

From the above analysis, we can know it is quite important for dialysis patients to determine the dosage of alpha-lipoic acid. What's more, at the beginning one or two weeks of using this medicine, they should monitor their blood sugar and avoid low blood glucose.

Notice

In addition to the dosage of alpha-lipoic acid, patients should also pay attention to dialysis side effects and diabetes complications. If you are suffering from one or more health problems, you should tell your doctor or doctor online from Shijiazhuang Kidney Disease Hospital to manage them timely and effectively.

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